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Angels of the Hours - This feature allows us to deepen our response to the real rhythms of the day. European cathedral bells, Gregorian chant, and Fra Angelico's magnificent angels accompany us as we embrace an ancient understanding of the word “hour”: not as clock time, but as a measure of soul. Also see the Round Dance of the Angels: a slideshow with the full-length Fra Angelica paintings accompanied by quotes capturing the essence of each of the Hours.
Living the Hours - Refresh your relationship with time through this popular on-demand e-course.
The Peace of Wild Things - a poem by Wendell Berry. Contact with wild things can refresh our drooping spirits and give us new courage.
Watching the Birdwatcher - a poem by Richard Schiffman. This study in perspective around an invisible bird captures the space between moments by the reverse feat of not trying to grasp it.
Tasks - a poem by Patrick W. Flanigan. What can crows teach us about confidence in our creativity?
Deer Wisdom - a poem by Patricia Campbell Carlson. Not only deer, but all creatures, have a deep wisdom to teach us.
Twelve Moons - a poem by David Steindl-Rast O.S.B. Just as we can meet the angels of each hour, so we can discover angels who bless us month by month.
The Wishing Fish - This playful poem by Thomas Vorce draws us into a primordial joy steeped in mystery, a fundamental gratitude for the wonder of life itself.
person: St. Francis of Assisi had
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Bluegrass Music Festival - Once the music really gets rolling, about a minute and a half through this video, a surprise guest arrives and gets special treatment.
Anjana, Mitra, and Shiva - At The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina, a chimpanzee well loved by his caretaker, China York, has in turn adopted other animals, including these new-born white tiger cubs. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them!
Birds-of-Paradise Project - Birds-of-paradise are among the most beautiful creatures on earth. On this Cornell Lab of Ornithology site you'll find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make these birds so remarkable.
19 Year Old Therapy Dog gives meaning to a dying woman. His name is Baxter and at the age of 19, he was still inspiring elderly people in their final days. (Video, 3:46)
Animals Living the High Life in Altitude - Ever wondered how animals survive when the landscape turns barren and oxygen thins out? Enjoy these gorgeous photos and narrative by Paul Steele.
The Hidden Beauty of Pollination - Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images that celebrate life -- revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty.
Man-Goose Bond Put to the Test - How does a goose survive a temporary move to the zoo where she (he?) may not get to see the man she (he?) has fallen in love with?
How To Gift Wrap a Cat - This is one curious, patient, and trusting cat (No animals were hurt in the making of this video).
Body Therapy for All Species - Elke Riesterer believes that engaging compassionately with her clients as equals - whether or not they're human - helps relieve the world's suffering.
Second Chance - Saving the life of a captive timber wolf was a wild transformative experience for rock musician Ron Riddle and his wife Andrea.
Orangutan and Hound - When Surya, an orangutan, meets a hound dog by the river, the two carry on like long-lost friends.
Two Ducks and Their 7-Year-Old Hero - A simple, heartwarming story of a child who befriends a pair of ducks and later comes to the rescue on their behalf.
Whale of a Gratitude Tale - In December 2005, a humpback whale painstakingly freed by a fisherman and team of helpers from her entanglement in crab lines returned to thank her rescuers one by one.
Cute Overload - Take a breather from all the serious matters in your life and spend a little time here. These adorable animals will be sure to put a smile on your face.
Dancing Mare (video) - If you don't feel like dancing now, you will once you watch the talented and spirited horse, Matinee, in this Freestyle Dressage competition!
Dancing Cockatoo (video) - If the Back Street Boys are more your style, you will be in stitches over Snowball's talent.
Crow and Kitten (video) - When you gain someone's trust, anything is possible, as this unlikely friendship proves.
Dog, Cat and Rat - This video of an unlikely camaraderie begs the question, “If they can get along, why can’t we?”
Animals at Play - This talk by Stuart Brown with photos by Norbert Rosing illustrates the surprising relationships which spring up between animals of different species: in this case, huskies and a polar bear in the wilds of Canada.
Two Hundred Horses Rescued (video) - In 2006, this herd of horses was trapped for three days on a tiny island in the Netherlands. Their natural instincts kept them from swimming to solid land. Their lives were in danger until four women hatched a daring rescue.
Practicing Spirituality with Animals – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat lead an e-course designed to deepen our connection to all animals, from our beloved pets to the countless and glorious species in the wild.
Ashes and Snow - Exquisite photographic renderings by Gregory Colbert of the spiritual relationship between humans and other creatures.
Stories of Angel Animals - By sharing the stories of animals, this website encourages us to treat them as precious gifts.
Animals Healing Children - stories and research about the value of animals to children.
The Healing Power of Animal Communication - Have you ever wondered if you could communicate with animals? Is there a way to understand what your dog, cat, horse, and other domestic or wild animals are thinking and feeling? Here are stories of people who say they can.
Animal Voices - Author Dawn Baumann Brunke explores the question, "What would it mean for humans to understand the world from another animal's perspective?"
Giant Ocean Tank Webcam - Swim with the fish at the New England Aquarium, at least in your imagination, through marvelous live film footage.
Heroic Stories - This site offers examples of people being good to one another, to inspire similar heroism in each of us.
Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day by Br David Steindl-Rast & Sharon LeBell. Like its companion feature on this website The Angels of the Hours, Music of Silence makes the rich heritage of monastic tradition available to people outside the monastic enclosure.
A Book of Angels: Reflections on Angels Past and Present and True Stories of How They Touch Our Lives by Sophy Burnham. Not only does Burnham trace the understanding of angels throughout history; she also tells extraordinary true tales of present-day encounters.
Synchronicity, Science and Soul-Making: Understanding Jungian Synchronicity Through Physics, Buddhism, and Philosophy by Victor Mansfield. This book is for anyone who wants an in-depth look at the profound meaning behind the coincidences in our lives.
Animal Miracles: Inspirational and Heroic True Stories by Brad Steiger, Sherry Hansen Steiger. A heart-warming collection of stories about animals’ courage and devotion.
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews. Learn about the symbolism of animals through this comprehensive guide to their mythical and realistic roles.
ANGeL's goal is to offer you through this website an immediate and intimate experience of living gratefully. In selecting topic resources, as elsewhere, we favor quality over quantity. This page is not meant to be a directory of related websites and organizations. Rather, we have selected a few specific links and readings that we believe are most helpful in getting you in touch with your experience. Of course, the Internet is vast and our knowledge is limited; so if you know of a link or a book that is more helpful than what's listed, be sure to let us know.